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2012 WORLD SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS ‘A GREAT SHOW’


HAYDENETTES COLLECT THIRD WORLD BRONZE; CRYSTALLETTES FINISH 11TH by LESLIE GRAHAM


nized Skating Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, April 13–14. Te team from Lexington, Mass., rallied


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from fourth place after the short program to fin- ish second in the free skate and third overall with 192.78 points. Sweden’s Team Surprise, second after the


short program, captured the gold with 194.87 points, with NEXXICE of Canada carting home the silver medal with 193.64 points. Only 2.62 points separated the top five


teams. Twenty-one teams competed. From Dearborn, Mich., the Crystallettes finished 11th in both segments of the competi- tion and 11th overall with 154.61 points. “We wanted to skate and have fun, and that is exactly what we did,” Haydenettes captain Kelly Ottaviano said following the team’s high- energy, attitude-filled free skate to music from Lady Gaga. “I think we gave the crowd a great show. It was amazing.” Having a free skate that is so dynamic made


he Haydenettes capped an out- standing season by earning their third consecutive World bronze medal at the 2012 World Synchro-


it a blast for the team to prac- tice and compete this season, Haydenette Noelle Pearson said. “Te Lady Gaga free skate is so unique and different from anything we’ve ever skated to be- fore,” Pearson said. “Embodying Lady Gaga, a global superstar, made every practice extremely fun.”


Despite a fall in their no hold step sequence, the Hayden- ettes earned the highest base val- ue and technical element score of the free skate. Te Haydenettes found themselves in fourth place after a clean short program to “Dancing with the Muse” by Chris Spheeris that generated 62.14 points. “We are extremely happy we are in fourth,”


coach Saga Krantz said after the short program. “We all knew it was going to be a tight competition.” Te fact that the race was so tight made it


even more exciting as the free skate wound down, Pearson said. “It was anybody’s game for the free skate,” Pearson said. “We sat in the locker room during


The Haydenettes and Crystallettes enjoyed great support in Sweden.


Russia’s free skate (Russia led after the short pro- gram). I got anxious, so I peeked out the door. When I saw Saga (coach Krantz) and Karin Sherr running down the hallway screeching, I knew. Tey told us the news and we all collapsed, screamed for joy and cried.” For the Haydenettes, who have won the last


three U.S. titles and 20 overall, finishing on the World podium for the third consecutive time no doubt solidifies its place as one of the top syn- chronized skating teams in the world. Te Crystallettes, who collected the silver medal at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships earlier this year in Worcester,


The Haydenettes' dynamic free skate to Lady Gaga music helped earn them the bronze medal in Sweden.


10 MAY 2012


PHOTOS BY LESLIE GRAHAM


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